Justin’s mentor, Usher, is extremely ‘disappointed’ in the 20-year-old superstar’s behavior after two shocking videos surfaced of the Biebs using the N-word. Although Usher acknowledges that Justin is not racist — just ‘stupid’ — he’s still worried about the disturbing direction his former protege is headed in, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Justin Bieber has apologized for the offensive video that leaked on June 1 of himself, at 15, telling a racist joke involving the N-word — but as far as Usher is concerned, that isn’t enough. The “Good Kisser” singer believes that the troubled pop star is still in need of guidance, especially after a second video leaked on June 4, of a 14-year-old Justin using the N-word, making references to the Ku Klux Klan, and singing a truly horrible parody of his song, “One Less Lonely Girl.”
Usher On Justin Bieber’s Behavior: Mentor Very Disappointed In Biebs Now & Then
Justin Bieber’s shocking N-word videos have let down more than just his fans. Even one of the most influential people in Justin’s life and career is appalled by his “immature” antics.
“Usher has seen the video and he was aware of it a while ago. He doesn’t believe Justin is racist, just stupid. He is very disappointed in the direction Justin has been going and is trying to lead him in the right direction,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Unfortunately, it seems Justin is so stubborn that he won’t even accept Usher’s guidance, despite everything the accomplished entertainer has done for him.
“He has tried to intervene but Justin is still very immature. Usher knows that this ultimately will reflect on him since he is Justin’s mentor, and he’s addressing his disappointment to him verbally, in hopes that it will make Justin realize the harm he is causing,” our source says. “He wants to get Justin into the studio and have him spend time making records, not remarks and bad choices.”
Justin Bieber References Ku Klux Klan In New N-Word Video
In the first video released by the The Sun on June 1, a 15-year-old Justin tells a shockingly racist joke: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?”, with the punchline: “Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r!”
Days later, a 24-second clip emerged of Justin, at 14, singing his 2009 hit “One Less Lonely Girl,” changing the lyrics to “One Less Lonely [N-word].” He also references the Ku Klux Klan in the video, singing, “If I kill you, I’ll be a part of the KKK, and there’ll be one less lonely [N-word].”
Justin was being mentored by Usher and Will Smith at the time the videos were filmed, and he reportedly told them both about the clips years ago. Usher tried to teach Justin a lesson by showing him “historically racist videos to drive home how hurtful these words can be,” according to TMZ.
Justin Bieber’s Team Is Standing By His First Apology
So far, Justin has made only one public apology, which came before the release of the second video:
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and not to make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what i wanted to say but telling the truth it always what’s right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again…. I’m sorry.”
So, HollywoodLifers, do YOU think Usher is right to be worried about Justin’s behavior? Are YOU worried about the Biebs after seeing these racist videos? Let us know!
— Written by Tierney McAfee, Reporting by Russ Weakland